Out-and-proud lesbian gains 70 percent on primaries and beats pro-Trump Democrat in Ohio sheriff election
62-year-old Charmaine McGuffey, was previously fired from the Hamilton’s County current sheriff's office, Jim Neil, due to her nonstandard sexual orientation. Now, she beat the former boss by gaining 70 percent of the vote in the primary vote and now Republican Bruce Hoffbauer has become her opponent.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” McGuffey told local television station WCPO. “What made the difference is the message that I have,” she added. “The message that I am a strong leader, the message that I embrace criminal justice reform.”
Current sheriff Jim Neil has lost the confidence of his electorate after attending a rally by Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, Neil fired McGuffey, allegedly for created a hostile work environment, but according to McGuffey, the dismissal was due to the fact that she was a lesbian.
Amid the political struggle, Charmaine McGuffey also sued the former boss, calling her dismissal unlawful.
"I am gratified by the overwhelming response from democratic voters that indicate they want the same criminal justice reform,” she said in a statement, according to WLWT5.
The main elections will be held in November this year.